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Reed Smith Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
30 Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent pay, good benefits, limited growth opportunities for staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Reed Smith offers a good benefits package, and the pay for staff can be good. Some attorneys are difficult to deal with, but the majority are fine to work with as long as they see you as a problem-solver.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there's no means for advancing my career within my department. Some teams are reclusive and unhelpful. The org chart's a bit of a mess.

    Over the last five years, there's been a steady decline of stupid little things like free lunches or tchotchke's given to staff. These are never exciting to receive, but actually go a long way for making employees feel valued.

    Human Resources here is blatantly working on the company's behalf and not that of the employee's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review inter-team communication and ensure that none are becoming silo'd off. Review how teams are to communicate with each other. If one team is required to send out a lot of email notifications, ensure that their output is normalized across team members by requiring that they use a form. Standardization would help a lot for dealing with some of this stuff. Encourage staff training programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible Firm, Horrible People, Horrible Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    It's a big firm, so the firm name will look good on your resume and will perhaps get your next, prospective employer to look at it more carefully. You might find good people to learn from, but overall...be weary.

    Cons

    Long hours, no recognition, lousy pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good training, Good PTO and Holiday time. Comfortable environment to work in overall. Business casual dress. New jobs are posted to employees first.

    Cons

    Average pay as firms go, and if not an attorney your pay will not change much for as long as you are in that position. There will be occasional but very small increases. Most groups are lightly staffed and heavily worked, and for that reason from top to bottom, staff turnover is frequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Communication between Supervisors and staff. Have enough staff to match the workload. More appreciation in salary for dedicated staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people to work with, great value to the client relative to industry. . . could still do better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Attorney in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The leadership actually care about their people. We have far more transparency than you will find at any other comparable size firm. Associates are part of the conversation, rather than an after thought.

    Cons

    Like most attorneys, we are horrible at project management. We spend most of our time reacting to client's needs rather than working with them to anticipate their needs. Additionally, like other firms, associates learn by OJT rather than by an established well run training program. If there's a choice between a billable hour and training, the billable will always win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire dedicated, salaried project management teams for each functional area - one per 20 attorneys. Their job is to work with attorneys and clients to plan, something we don't do. Also, keep 50 hours a year for associates (though senior associate) for training. Associates knowledge (and profitability) will increase much faster if ojt is supplemented by a useful training program (which does not detract from associates hours).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal  in  Pgh Int ArPort, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Pgh Int ArPort, PA

    Pros

    Large firm, good benefits. Overall a pretty good place to work

    Cons

    No real growth, high turnover. No real communication downward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of what employees need and keep them informed of the direction of the departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful firm, approachable people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - great exposure to multiple parts of the organization
    - business services people trusted with access to sensitive partner level information
    - approachable down-to-earth partnership
    - entrepreneurial atmosphere

    Cons

    - very limited resources, staffed much more lightly than average firm
    - work-life balance challenging due to limited resource

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Attorney, 6th-Year in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Gain quality experience and some nice people to work with depending on your practice group

    Cons

    Long hours and unreasonable partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Records Intern  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Records Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    -Paid Internship
    -Great Leadership
    -Nice facility
    -Great work experience

    Cons

    there were no cons, just a great company all around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Talented teams doing great work, the right way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Top-notch talent in all practice groups and support departments produces great results for clients and provides a solid foundation for steady growth worldwide. The firm combines a progressive approach to OD, diversity/inclusion, pro bono work and technology (especially by law firm standards), with a long tradition of success. The culture can vary somewhat by office and by practice group, but just about everyone I've worked with -- from senior leadership to entry-level new hires -- lives and works by the firm's core values (respect, integrity, quality, performance & innovation) every day. I've found *very* few of the big egos and sharp elbows commonly associated with global "Biglaw" firms.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a challenge: the road to recognition always includes long hours, late nights and weekends under deadline pressure. Leadership is strong and stable, but that leaves limited opportunities for advancement in many departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult Partners

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Attorney, 1st-Year in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Law firm has a good reputation

    Cons

    The training is substandard, especially for new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training new hires.

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